The fiction-feature debut from writer-director Rohena Gera, Sir uses the charming, intimate story of forbidden attraction to address the issue of class divide in modern India.
Ratna (Tillotama Shome) works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin (Vivek Gomber), a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost…. On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable.
Working with cinematographer Dominique Colin, Gera expertly contrasts the vast Indian countryside with the confines of Ashwin’s apartment, mirroring the economic and class constraints Ratna faces throughout her quest for purpose and freedom.
Touching and beautifully acted by its two leads, Sir — which elicited buzz after premiering at Cannes in 2018 — is a warm and poignant romance that presents an honest look at social hierarchy.